Guide to the Luis O. Reyes Papers
1961-1998
(Bulk 1980s-1990s)



Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 772-5151
Fax: (212) 650-3628
E-mail: dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reyes, Luis O., 1944-
Title: Luis O. Reyes Papers
Dates: 1961-1998, (Bulk 1980s-1990s)
Abstract: Educator, scholar, activist, and university professor. Collection contains information on bilingual education and multicultural education, New York City public schools, school dropouts, language rights, minority rights, HIV/AIDS education, ASPIRA of New York, Inc., educational reform, the Board of Education of the City of New York, and numerous organizations. Consists of administrative files, letters, memoranda, notes, notebooks, minutes, reports, announcements and newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 21.12 cubic feet (44 boxes)
Call Phrase: 1998-07

Historical/Biographical Note

Activist and educator, Luis O. Reyes has been at the forefront of the struggle for bilingual, multicultural education and for improving educational opportunities for Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York City. He was the Director of Research for ASPIRA of New York from 1986-1990 and was a member of the Board of Education of the City of New York from 1990-1998.

Luis Orlando Reyes Peraza was born December 18, 1944 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. His parents, Pedro José Reyes and Zenobia Peraza migrated to New York in 1946 and settled in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Their family life was disrupted when his father suffered a serious auto accident and his mother contracted tuberculosis. For two years Reyes lived in foster homes in Staten Island and Long Island, but in 1951 he was reunited with his mother and they moved to the Melrose Projects in the South Bronx.

Reyes’ education started in the Immaculate Conception Grammar School, which he attended from 1951-1955. In 1956 he began studying in Catholic schools run by the De La Salle Brothers who greatly influenced the course of his life. They were solicitous and caring while the young Reyes convalesced in a hospital in 1958 and encouraged him to have high expectations, motivating him to become an exemplary student. Still very young and about to begin eighth grade, he decided to join their order as a Brother. In preparation he enrolled in St. Bernard’s High School in Manhattan and later entered St. Joseph’s Normal Institute in Barrytown, New York, the La Salle Brothers Seminary. He graduated with honors in 1962 and that summer received his habit and began a one-year novitiate.

Between 1963-1967, Reyes completed his undergraduate studies at the LaSalle Institute in Troy, New York and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. From 1967 to 1971 he taught Spanish at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. During the summers of 1969-1971 he worked on obtaining a Masters degree in Middlebury College, Vermont. By 1971 he realized that he did not have a religious vocation and decided against taking his final vows. From 1971 to 1973 he continued to teach high school Spanish in Ramsey, New Jersey.

A growing concern for the needs of the Puerto Rican community led him to pursue doctoral studies. In 1973 he was accepted in the Ph.D Program in Bilingual Education at the Stanford University School of Education in California with a fellowship from the Bay Area Bilingual Education League (BABEL). During this period, he became more involved in issues related to Latinos and actively participated in the struggles of the Chicano community. He also helped organize the first Puerto Rican Conference to be held west of the Mississippi. In the summer of 1973 he returned to the East Coast to work in El Centro Borincano/ Day Care Center in Camden, New Jersey. From 1975 to 1976 he worked in the Urban/Rural School Development Program of the Stanford University Leadership Institute.

While working as a substitute teacher in California from 1978 to 1980 he completed his doctoral studies. In the course of writing his dissertation, he spent time in New York and reestablished his connections with the Puerto Rican community. He received his Ph.D in 1980 from Stanford University.

Soon after receiving his doctorate, Reyes was hired by ASPIRA of America as administrator of a counseling program for students in five cities. From 1983 to 1986 he worked for ASPIRA of New York, Inc. serving as Director of the Leadership Development Program and of the Mayor’s Scholarship Program. He also served as special assistant to the Executive Director. In 1986 he was named Director of the Office of Research and Advocacy assuming leadership in bilingual education issues and mobilizing campaigns including one demanding Latino representation on the Board of Education of the City of New York.

This campaign bore fruit and in July 1990, Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger named Reyes to the Board of Education where he served until 1998. During his tenure, he distinguished himself as a strong advocate for multicultural education and for HIV/AIDS prevention education. His commitment to causes related to the welfare of the Latino community is well demonstrated through his participation in various commissions and organizations that sought to change the condition of education for Latinos and through his work on issues concerning HIV/ AIDS prevention and education. He served as Vice-President of the Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable and as a member and President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.

Outstanding among the many awards he has received are the Educational Advocate of the Year Award from Asian American Communications, the Gladys Correa Award from the New York State Association for Bilingual Education and the Louis Nine Award from the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus of the New York State Legislature.

Reyes has written extensively about bilingual education and has participated widely in academic and community forums. Currently he is an assistant professor in the Educational Foundations Department at Hunter College, CUNY.


Scope and Content Note

The Luis O. Reyes papers are a valuable resource for the study and understanding of public education and the Puerto Rican/ Latino community in New York City from the 1980s-1990s. The documents in this collection fill a significant information gap on important organizations such as ASPIRA of New York, Inc., the Puerto Rican/Latino Educational Roundtable and the Latino Commission on AIDS. Among the most recurring and most comprehensive topics covered in the papers are: bilingual and multicultural education, minority students, the rights of non-English speakers in the U.S., minority language rights, HIV/AIDS, school dropouts, educational reform, Latino representation on the Board of Education, public school demographics, and numerous local and national education associations.

The bulk of the materials consist of administrative files. There are letters, memoranda, notes, notebooks, minutes, reports, announcements, and newspaper clippings.


Arrangement

The folders are organized alphabetically and chronologically.
The collection is divided into the following series:
I. Biographical and Personal Information
II. Correspondence
III. Writings
IV. ASPIRA of New York, Inc.
V. Board of Education of the City of New York
VI. Latino Commission on Educational Reform
VII. Organizations
VIII. Subject Files
IX. Notepads
X. Photographs


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 772-5151
Fax: (212) 650-3628
E-mail: dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu


Access Points

Subject Names:
Cortines, Ramón C., 1932-
Dinkins, David N., 1927-
Fernández, Joseph A.
Ferrer, Fernando, 1950-
Giuliani, Rudolph W, 1944-
Green, Richard.
Koch, Ed. (Edward Irving), 1924-
Pantoja, Antonia, 1922-2002
Serrano, José E., 1943-
Velázquez, Nydia M., 1953-
Subject Organizations:
ASPIRA of America.
ASPIRA of New York.
Hispanic AIDS Forum.
Latino Commission on AIDS.
New York (N.Y.). -- Board of Education.
New York (N.Y.). -- Latino Commission on Educational Reform.
New York (N.Y.). -- Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable.
Subject Topics:
AIDS (Disease).
Bilingual education -- New York (State) -- New York.
College dropouts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Dropouts -- New York (State)
Dropouts.
Education -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Educational change -- New York (State) -- New York.
Educational innovations -- New York (State)
High school dropouts -- New York (State) -- New York.
High schools -- New York (State) -- New York.
Hispanic American dropouts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Hispanic American students -- New York (State) -- New York.
Hispanic Americans -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York.
Hispanic Americans -- Education -- United States.
Hispanics -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Hispanics in New York (City).
Multicultural education -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government --1951-
New York City Public Schools.
Public schools -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Puerto Ricans -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York.
Puerto Ricans -- Education -- United States.
Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Puerto Ricans in New York (City).
Special education -- New York (State) -- New York.
Document Types:
Announcements.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Memorandums.
Minutes.
Notebooks.
Reports.


Separated Material

Books and pamphlets were removed to the Centro Library.


Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Luis O. Reyes

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Luis O. Reyes Papers; 1998-07; box number; folder number;
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Archives, Hunter College, CUNY

Processing Information

Processed with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding was also provided by a congressional directed initiative sponsored by Congressman José Serrano and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. A recent addition of records and others still held by donor will be processed at a later date.


Other Finding Aid

Guide to the Luis O. Reyes Papers available in Spanish: Spanish Version


Container List

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

 

Series I: Biographical and Personal Information (1982-1996)

Scope and Content:

This series contains biographical information, agendas, calendars, drawings, and interviews. There is a folder of clippings documenting Reyes’ participation in numerous activities related to the education of Puerto Rican and Latino children.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Appointments 1993
1 2 Biographical Information undated, 1982-1996
1 3 Calendars 1989
1 4 Drawings undated
1 5 Interviews with Luis O. Reyes 1986-1995
1 6 Newspaper Clippings Related to Luis O. Reyes undated, 1982-1994

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Series II: Correspondence (1981-1998)

Scope and Content:

The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1988-1995 and is divided into outgoing and incoming letters, greeting cards, invitations and memoranda. Represented are individuals such as mayors Edward I. Koch and David Dinkins. Reyes’ participation in conferences and other activities is amply documented. This series is particularly relevant for examining the efforts made to improve public education in New York City.

Box Folder Title Date
1 7 Greeting Cards undated, 1994
1 8-10 Incoming undated, 1982-1998
1 11 Invitations undated, 1988-1993
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Memoranda-Incoming 1988-1995
2 2-6 Memoranda-Outgoing 1988-1998
Box Folder Title Date
3 1-2 Outgoing 1981-1998

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Series III: Writings (1968-1998)

Scope and Content:

The majority of the writings in this series refers to issues related to his work as a member of the Board of Education and consists of notes, speeches, presentations, poems and opinions. Also included is testimony presented to local and government agencies supporting minority language students’ right to education.

Box Folder Title Date
3 3 General undated, 1971-1993
3 4-5 Notes undated-1995
3 6 Poetry undated, 1968, 1974-1995
3 7-8 Presentations, Speeches, and Testimonies undated, 1987-1998
Box Folder Title Date
4 1-2 Statements undated, 1983-1998
4 3 Statements- A Vision for the Schools undated, 1991

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Series IV: ASPIRA of New York, Inc.

Scope and Content:

This series documents the work of Luis O. Reyes as Director of the Office of Research and Advocacy at ASPIRA and the role of ASPIRA as an educational advocacy organization. There is information on ASPIRA’s programs and the many activities it generated and sponsored including conferences and proposals. Recurring topics are English Only, bilingual education, school dropouts, educational reform and Latino representation on the Board of Education. Of note, are the materials related to ASPIRA vs. the Board of Education, a suit concerning the right to bilingual education that resulted in the ASPIRA Consent Decree.

Included are memoranda, minutes, reports, announcements, letters and news clippings.

Box Folder Title Date
4 4 Adopt-A-Class Program undated, 1988-1989
4 5 Adult Education and Training 1989
4 6 Alternative Schools 1992
4 7 And Others- Report Card for the New York City Public Schools 1971
4 8 AREYTO- The Newsletter of Aspira of New York, Inc. 1994-1995
4 9 ASPIRA Against Board of Education 1974-1986
4 10 ASPIRA National Conference 1996
4 11 ASPIRA National Think Tank Report 1973
4 12 Aspirology Test 1990
Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Bibliographies undated, 1986-1987
5 2 Bilingual Children’s Adaptation After A Transitional Bilingual Education 1981
5 3-5 Bilingual Education undated, 1975-1994
5 6 Bill of Rights for Children 1988
5 7 Black and Latino Education Leaders 1988
5 8 Board of Education-Budget 1984-1991
5 9 Board of Education-Chancellors undated, 1987-1995
5 10 Budget 1987-1993
5 11 Calendar of Events 1988
5 12 Clubs Federation 1990
5 13 Coalition Against Immediate Decentralization of Special Education. Against the Board of Education 1986
Box Folder Title Date
6 1-2 Coalition Against Immediate Decentralization of Special Education. Against the Board of Education 1987
6 3 Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education 1988
6 4 Collected Papers on the ASPIRA Process 1980
6 5 Community School Districts- Schools by Ethnicity 1986
6 6 Conference on Public Policy and Education: The Making of Policy 1978
6 7-8 Consent Decree undated, 1973-1983
6 9 Contracts 1989
6 10 Corporate and Foundation Supporters undated
6 11 Correspondence 1982-1990
6 12 Decentralization of Responsibility for Instructional and Major Related Services for Mildly/ Moderately Handicapped Special Education Students 1986
6 13 Destrezas de Micro-Consejería 1977
6 14 Directories undated, 1989-1991
Box Folder Title Date
7 1-2 Dropout Problem undated, 1983-1990
7 3 Education Programs undated, 1986-1990
7 4 Education Reform Panel undated, 1988-1989
7 5 Educational Needs of the Puerto Rican Child in New York City: With Special Emphasis on District 7, South Bronx 1971
7 6 Educational Negligence in District Nine 1990
7 7-10 Educational Priorities Panel undated, 1981-1989
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Educational Seminars 1974-1975
8 2 El Pitirre 1982-1983
8 3 Emergency Coalition for Latino Representation on the Board of Education undated, 1987
8 4 Escuelas Superiores Públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York. Guía para alumnos y padres de habla español 1975-1976
8 5 Events 1986-1994
8 6 Facing the Facts 1988-1995
8 7 Fact Sheets undated, 1984
8 8 Flyers undated
8 9 Ford Education Task Force 1983
8 10 General Information 1990-1994
8 11 History of ASPIRA undated, 1961-1991
8 12 Hostos Community College undated, 1974-1976
8 13 Institute for Policy Research undated
8 14 Invitations 1988-1990
8 15 Issue Brief 1994-1995
8 16 Latino Inmates 1989
8 17 Latino Representation in the Board of Education 1987-1990
8 18 Leadership Development Curriculum 1989
8 19 Leadership Program undated
8 20 Legal Careers Program undated
8 21 Limited English Proficient Students undated, 1982-1990
8 22 Losers: a Report on Puerto Ricans and the Public Schools 1968
8 23 Making the Most of Your Child’s Education: A Guide for Parents 1989
8 24 Mayor’s Commission on Hispanic Concerns 1988
8 25 Meeting Minutes 1989
8 26 Memoranda 1976-1989
8 27 Mid-Year Conference 1980
8 28 National Board of Inquiry-National Coalition of Advocates for Students 1984
8 29 National Coalition of Education Equity Advocates 1995
8 30 National Office undated, 1980-1994
Box Folder Title Date
9 1 National Office Newsletters 1988-1998
9 2 National Puerto Rican Leadership Conference 1994
9 3 New York Alliance for the Public Schools 1988
9 4 New York State Board of Regents undated, 1987-1989
9 5 New York State Task Force for Implementing Education Reform 1989
9 6 No hay tiempo que perder 1988
9 7 Office of Research and Advocacy Activities undated, 1985-1990
9 8 Office of Research and Advocacy-Mail Log 1988-1989
9 9 Overcrowded Public Schools 1985-1988
9 10 Parent Involvement in the Public Schools undated, 1988-1989
9 11 Policy Positions 1988
9 12 Policy Recommendations For Adoption Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors 1988
9 13 Programs for Parents undated, 1989-1995
9 14 Project Aware undated, 1988-1990
9 15 Publications 1978-1991
9 16 Public Education Association 1987
9 17 Public Forum on Hispanic Education 1990
9 18 Puerto Ricans and Latinos in New York City Public Schools undated, 1971-1990
Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Recommended Policies and Actions for Educating Children and Youth Placed at Risk 1989
10 2 Recruitment of Bilingual Teachers 1986-1987
10 3 Reports undated, 1973-1992
10 4 Sag Harbor Initiative undated, 1987
10 5 Scholastic Assistance Program 1988-1989
10 6 School Reform Recommendations undated, 1989
10 7 Selection of the School’s Chancellor 1987
10 8-9 Student Questioners by Gorky Cruz Part I-II undated, 1987
10 10 Study to Construct, Validate, and Compare a CDM Model -Proposal 1976
10 11 Su nombre es Hoy: Puerto Rican/Latino Action Plan for the Chancellor’s First Hundred Days 1988
10 12 Temporary State Commission on New York City School Governance undated, 1988-1990
10 13 Thirtieth Anniversary undated, 1991
10 14 “Thorough and Efficient:” Public School Education for Puerto Rican Children in New Jersey undated
10 15 Toward a Puerto Rican Education Agenda 1994
Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Twenty- Fifth Anniversary 1987
11 2 United Federation of Teachers 1986
11 3 U.S. English Movement 1989
11 4 Vocational Education Act 1987
11 5 Youth Issues undated, 1986-1989
Box Folder Title Date
Oversize_IV 1 Soy aspirante, Puerto Rico ASPIRA, Dedicado a lo nuestro undated

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Series V: Board of Education of the City of New York (1969-1998)

Scope and Content:

The bulk of the documents in this series deal with the period during which Reyes served on the Board of Education and contain extensive information on topics such as: bilingual education, sex education and HIV/AIDS, multicultural education, special education, dropouts, English as a second language, school demographics and statistics. Various programs of the Board are documented such as the Multicultural Leadership Institute, the Bilingual Multicultural Institute and the Condom Availability Program, among others.

Box Folder Title Date
11 6 Advisory Board 1990
11 7 AIDS Parental Opt-Out Program 1990-1994
11 8 AIDS Peer Leadership Conference 1994
11 9 Annual Evaluation of the Chancellor undated, 1991-1994
11 10 Bilingual/ Bicultural Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Program 1989
11 11-13 Bilingual Education-General undated, 1970-1998
Box Folder Title Date
12 1 Bilingual Math Acquisition Project undated, 1988-1994
12 2 Bilingual Multicultural Institute undated, 1992-1994
12 3 Bilingual Programs for LEP Students 1987-1989
12 4 Bilingual Recruitment and Staffing undated, 1987-1990
12 5 Bilingual Services- Enrollment and Classes 1986
12 6-8 Bilingual Special Education undated, 1984-1991
Box Folder Title Date
13 1 Bilingual Staff undated, 1983-1990
13 2 Bilingual Vocational Training Programs 1990
13 3 Board of Education undated
13 4 Board of Education’s Organizational Chart undated
13 5 Boston 1989
13 6 The Bronx New School/ La Nueva Escuela 1988
13 7 Brown Versus Board of Education 1994
13 8 Budget undated, 1992-1998
13 9 CGCS Urban Education Summit Draft 1994
13 10 Chancellor’s Advisory Board on Multicultural Education undated, 1989-1990
13 11 Chancellor’s Advisory Commission to Promote Equal Opportunity 1987-1988
13 12 Chancellor’s Citywide Advisory Commission on Bilingual Education 1987-1989
13 13 Chancellor’s Commission on Bilingual Education 1990
13 14 Chancellor Search-Public Hearing Transcripts 1995
13 15 Chancellor Searches undated, 1987-1995
13 16 Chancellor’s Task Force on School Integration 1988
Box Folder Title Date
14 1 Chancellor’s Working Group on Latino Educational Opportunities undated, 1988
14 2 Children’s Week-United Nations High School For Peace undated, 1990
14 3 Commission on Hispanic Concerns 1987
14 4 Commission on Minimum Standards undated
14 5 Committee on High School Admissions 1987
14 6 Comprehensive Operational Plans undated, 1986
14 7-9 Condom Availability Program undated, 1990-1995
14 10 Consent Decree Program Participation Rates 1990
14 11 Cortines, Ramón-Chancellor undated, 1993-1994
14 12 Curriculum and Assessment Committee undated, 1993
14 13 Directory of Educational Programs for Students of Limited English Proficiency in New York State 1985
14 14 Division of Bilingual Education undated, 1986
14 15 Division of Curriculum and Instruction in Human Relations undated
14 16 Division of Funded Programs Activities 1992
14 17 Division of High Schools 1988-1993
Box Folder Title Date
15 1 Division of Human Resources-Puerto Rico Recruitment Office undated, 1992-1994
15 2 Division of Multilingual and Multicultural Education undated, 1988
15 3-4 Dropout Problem undated, 1975-1996
15 5 Dropout Problem-Cohort Survival Method 1987
15 6 Dual Language Programs 1989
15 7 Eastern District High School 1992
15 8 Education Advisory Committee 1988
15 9 Education of At Risk Children undated, 1988-1993
15 10 Educational Equity Task Force 1989
15 11 Educational Progress of Students in Bilingual and ESL Programs: A Longitudinal Study undated, 1990-1994
15 12 English as a Second Language 1989
15 13 Ethnic Profiles and Utilization Rates 1984-1987
15 14 Examen de Lectura en Español 1993
15 15 Fairfax County Public Schools ca.1990
15 16 Fernández, Joseph- Chancellor 1989-1993
15 17 General Accounting Office Report 1987
15 18 Glossary and N.Y.C. Board of Education Acronyms 1994
15 19 Green, Richard- Chancellor undated, 1988-1989
15 20 Guidance, Counseling and Support Services undated, 1988
Box Folder Title Date
16 1 High School Bilingual/ESL Programs undated
16 2 High School Division’s Latino Working Group undated, 1986-1994
16 3 High School Profiles 1989
16 4 Hispanic Access to Higher Education Bill 1991
16 5 Hispanic AIDS Forum undated, 1991-1992
16 6 History and Culture of Puerto Rico- A Student Supplement Text 1989
16 7-8 HIV/AIDS Advisory Council undated, 1990-1995
16 9-10 HIV/AIDS Education undated, 1987-1995
16 11 Human Relations Task Force 1989
16 12 Immigrant Issues undated, 1993-1996
Box Folder Title Date
17 1 Impellizzeri’s Remarks Against Minorities undated, 1992
17 2 Improving Intergroup Relations in New York City 1990
17 3 Interim Report on Student Competencies undated
17 4 International High School at La Guardia Community College undated, 1987-1988
17 5 IQ Tests undated
17 6 Language Assessment Battery 1982
17 7 Language Minority Students 1986
17 8 Latino Parent Involvement and Bilingual/Bicultural Schooling 1989
17 9 Latino Working Group 1992
17 10 Latinos and AIDS 1988-1993
17 11 Let’s End All Racism Now (L.E.A.R.N.) 1990
17 12 Liberty High School 1986-1989
17 13-14 Limited English Proficiency Programs undated, 1986
Box Folder Title Date
18 1-5 Limited English Proficiency Programs 1987-1991
18 6 Limited English Proficient Students 1994-1998
18 7 Limited English Proficient Task Force 1992
18 8 Los Angeles County Latino Assessment Study 1989
18 9 Low Performing Schools undated, 1992-1994
18 10 Meetings 1992-1994
18 11 Middle Level Intervention of Latino Students 1995
18 12 Multicultural Advisory Board undated, 1988-1990
Box Folder Title Date
19 1-2 Multicultural Education-General undated, 1988-1993
19 3 Multicultural Education Programs 1988-1989
19 4 Multicultural Education Proposal 1988
19 5 Multicultural Leadership Institute undated
19 6 Multicultural Support Service Leadership Institute undated
19 7 National Association for Bilingual Education 1987
19 8 National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Service Organizations 1989-1991
19 9 National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Inc. 1990
19 10 New Improved Sorting Machine: Concerning School Choice 1989
19 11-12 New Visions Schools undated, 1987-1994
19 13 New York Networks for School Renewal 1994
19 14 New York State Education Department- Regulations Governing AIDS Education 1992
19 15 Northeast Hispanic AIDS Consortium undated, 1990
Box Folder Title Date
20 1 Office of Bilingual Education undated, 1977-1989
20 2 Office of Parent Involvement undated, 1992-1993
20 3 Overcrowding in New York City Schools 1996
20 4 Parent Associations and the Schools- the Blue Book 1992
20 5 Preschool and Kindergarten Programs 1988
20 6 Project Achieve 1994
20 7 Project Giant Step 1987
20 8 Puerto Rican Heritage and Culture Month 1991
20 9 Rainbow Curriculum 1992-1995
20 10 Reauthorization Hearing on Title VII Bilingual Programs undated, 1992
20 11-12 Revision of School District Boundaries undated, 1969-1995
20 13 Risk Children and Youth 1987-1989
20 14 Romero, Migdalia-Hunter College Professor undated, 1990-1992
Box Folder Title Date
21 1-4 School Demographics and Statistics undated, 1986-1996
21 5 School District Elections undated, 1992-1993
21 6 Secondary Bilingual Program 1981-1982
21 7-8 Special Education undated, 1984-1990
Box Folder Title Date
22 1-3 Special Education-Legal Cases undated, 1988-1990
22 4 Statements 1989
22 5 Summer Kindergarten 1988
22 6 Task Force on Educational Equity undated
22 7 Task Force on Human Relations 1989
22 8 Transitional Bilingual Education Program- Illinois State Board of Education 1986
22 9 Transitional Programs for Non-Entitled LEP Students 1988
22 10 United Students of Morris High School 1990
22 11 Vision 21 1994-1995
22 12 Working Group on Latino Educational Opportunity and Proposed Action 1988
Box Folder Title Date
Oversize_V 1 Umoja Sasa, Condoms, Protect the Blood undated
Oversize_V 2 Una comunidad unida vence al SIDA, Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York undated

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Series VI: Latino Commission on Educational Reform (1985-1997)

Scope and Content:

Luis O. Reyes helped established the Latino Commission on Educational Reform of the Board of Education of the City of New York. The series contains correspondence, minutes, announcements and reports dealing with issues affecting the Latino community including counseling, diversity and equity, funding and development, bilingual and special education.

Box Folder Title Date
23 1 Adult Education 1992
23 2 Bilingual Institute Work Group 1992
23 3 Board of Elections Work Group undated, 1989-1993
23 4 Budget undated, 1991-1994
23 5 Chancellors’ Response to Latino Commission undated, 1992-1995
23 6 City University of New York undated
23 7 Committee on Counseling and Support Services 1992
23 8 Committee on Curriculum and Instruction undated, 1991-1992
23 9 Committees on Factors Affecting Latino Students’ Achievement undated, 1992
23 10 Committee on Parent and Community Empowerment undated, 1991-1992
23 11 Committee on Research analysis in the causes and solutions to the Latino Dropout Crisis undated, 1990-1996
23 12 Committees undated, 1991-1993
23 13 Community Collaborative Work Group undated, 1992-1993
23 14 Community School District Ten undated, 1992-1995
23 15 Correspondence- Incoming 1992-1995
23 16 Correspondence- Outgoing 1991-1996
23 17 Counseling and Support Services undated, 1985-1993
Box Folder Title Date
24 1 Diversity and Equity in Assessment Network 1992
24 2 Diversity Work Group undated, 1990-1992
24 3 Duany, Luis- Project Director undated, 1992
24 4 Educational Leadership undated
24 5 Equity in Funding Working Group 1991-1993
24 6 Executive Summaries undated, 1991-1992
24 7 Final Report undated, 1990-1994
24 8 Final Report- Making the Vision a Reality: A Latino Action Agenda for Educational Reform 1994
24 9-10 Funding and Development undated, 1986-1994
24 11 High School Division’s Latino Working Group 1992
24 12 Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. 1992
24 13 Hispanic Student Success Program 1991
Box Folder Title Date
25 1-2 Interim Report undated, 1992-1994
25 3 Internships 1992
25 4 Latino Agenda for the 1990’s 1992
25 5 Latino Children At Risk 1993
25 6 Latino Parent Leadership Training undated
25 7 Leadership School 1992-1997
25 8-10 Meetings undated, 1991-1996
25 11 Members undated, 1991-1993
25 12 Memoranda-Incoming 1992-1995
25 13 Memoranda-Outgoing 1993
25 14 Multifunctional Resource Centers 1993
25 15 Next Steps Meeting- Low Performance Schools undated, 1993-1994
25 16 Potential Resources to the Latino Commission undated
25 17 Priority Recommendations undated, 1992
Box Folder Title Date
26 1-2 Project Director Position, A-V undated
26 3 Public School Finance and Latinos 1992
26 4 Reading List 1992
26 5 School-Based Management/Shared Decision Making Team 1993
26 6 Senior Research Assistant Position, A-S undated
26 7-8 Special Education Work Group undated, 1992-1993
26 9 Statements undated, 1991-1995
26 10 Status of Implementation of the Priority Recommendations of the Latino Commission undated
26 11 Status Reports 1991-1993
26 12 Student Voices: High School Students’ Perspectives on the Latino Dropout Problem undated, 1992-1993
Box Folder Title Date
27 1 Surveys 1991-1992
27 2 Task Force on the College Preparatory Initiative undated, 1990-1995
27 3 Weekly Calendars undated, 1992
27 4 Work Group on Bilingual Institute 1992-1993
27 5-7 Work Group on the College Preparatory Initiative undated, 1988-1993

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Series VII: Organizations (1970-1998)

Scope and Content:

This series primarily documents Reyes’ participation in and commitment to Latino community activities and educational issues at the local and national levels. Represented are ethnic, political and educational organizations. There is information about grass roots organizations such as Alianza Dominicana, as well as broader educational organizations such as the New York Coalition to Defend Bilingual Education and the National Association for Bilingual Education. The Latino Commission on AIDS is prominent as an organization that fights for the rights of people infected with the AIDS virus and promotes education for prevention. Key civil rights organizations such as the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund are also documented.

Box Folder Title Date
27 8 100 Hispanic Women 1987
27 9 Alianza Dominicana, Inc. undated, 1993
27 10 American Educational Research Association-Hispanic Research Issues undated, 1988
27 11 American Reading Council 1990
27 12 Annual School Census – Pupil Ethnic Composition Report 1990
27 13 Asociación Puertorriqueña Para Asuntos Comunales undated
Box Folder Title Date
28 1 Association of Puerto Rican Executive Directors undated, 1987-1989
28 2 Atrévete, Inc. undated, 1987
28 3 Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition 1988
28 4 Children’s Defense Fund 1989-1994
28 5 City-Wide Coalition of African American Education Organizations 1989
28 6 Comité Noviembre: Mes de la Herencia Puertorriqueña undated, 1987
28 7 Comité Puertorriqueño Pro Reafirmación del Idioma Español 1990
28 8 Committee for a Multilingual New York 1988-1989
28 9 Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. 1992
28 10 Committee for Public Education and Religious Liberty (PEARL) 1988-1989
28 11 Council of Chief State School Officers- Resource Center on Educational Equity 1988
28 12 CSS Institute for Community Empowerment 1989
28 13 Cuban American National Council, Inc. undated
28 14 Educators for Jackson undated, 1988
28 15 Hacer, Inc.-Hispanic Women’s Center undated, 1986-1987
28 16 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 1986-1989
28 17 Hispanic Federation of New York City undated, 1995-1996
28 18 Institute for Puerto Rican Policy undated, 1988-1989
28 19 Latin American Writers Institute undated
28 20-22 Latino Commission on AIDS undated, 1990-1996
Box Folder Title Date
29 1 Latino Commission on AIDS 1997-1998
29 2 Latino Commission on AIDS, ¡Que Vida! Newsletter 1995-1997
29 3 Latino Parent Leadership Training Institute undated
29 4 Latino Pastoral Action Center Latinos Parents Council 1994
29 5 L.E.S.P.A.C. 1987
29 6 National Association for Bilingual Education undated, 1983-1996
29 7 National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education 1988-1992
29 8 National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights undated, 1982-1993
29 9 National Hispanic Caucus 1996
29 10 National Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Forum undated, 1986-1988
29 11 National Puerto Rican Coalition 1988-1995
29 12 National Puerto Rican Forum 1989
29 13 New York Coalition to Defend Bilingual Education undated, 1982-1983
29 14 New York State Association for Bilingual Education undated, 1989
29 15 New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. 1989
29 16 New York State Council on Children and Families ca.1980s
29 17 New York Urban Coalition, Inc. 1988
29 18 Northern Manhattan Health Action Group undated, 1987-1993
29 19 Parent’s Coalition for Education of New York City undated, 1989-1992
29 20 Parents to Save the Schools 1989
29 21 Public Education Association 1988
29 22 Puerto Rican Council on Higher Education 1988
29 23 Puerto Rican Educator’s Association undated, 1970-1994
29 24 Puerto Rican/ Latino Coalition undated
29 25 Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable undated, 1985-1992
29 26 Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. undated, 1974-1989
Box Folder Title Date
30 1 Puerto Rican Nonprofit Organizations in the United States undated
30 2 Puerto Rican Youth and Development Resource Center, Inc. 1989
30 3 United Farm Workers of America-Boycott of California Table Grapes 1989-1993
30 4 United Youth International 1998
Box Folder Title Date
Oversize_VII 1 Seven Days of Prayer and Unity/ Siete Días de Oración y Unidad (Latino Commission on AIDS) undated

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Series VIII: Subject Files (1965-1998)

Scope and Content:

This series provides significant resources for research on public education policies in New York City in the 1980s. Main topics included in the files are bilingual education, US English, language minority students, dropout crisis, multiculturalism, state and local educational agencies, ethnic and racial relations, and Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in the United States.

Box Folder Title Date
30 5 A. Phillip Randolph-Campus High School at City College 1988
30 6 Ambos A Dos- A Documentary by Lauren Goodsmith 1989
30 7 Arrowwood Conference undated
30 8 At Risk Children and Youth: The Extra Educational Challenges of Limited English Proficient Students 1987-1989
30 9 Bank Street College of Education undated
30 10 Beyond Access: Puerto Ricans, Education and Empowerment in New York City 1988
30 11-12 Bilingual Education-General undated, 1979-1993
30 13 Bilingual Education Programs and Dropouts 1989
30 14 Bilingual Education Programs-Texas 1988-1989
30 15 Bilingual Multicultural Education- Articles and Papers. A-B undated, 1988-1989
Box Folder Title Date
31 1-7 Bilingual Multicultural Education- Articles and Papers. C-Y undated-1995, 1979
31 8 Bonilla, Frank 1989
31 9 Boricua First: National Puerto Rican Leadership Summit undated, 1994-1996
Box Folder Title Date
32 1 Characteristics of New Hispanic Immigrants to New York City: A Comparison of Puerto Rican and Non Puerto Rican Hispanics 1984
32 2 Comments on the Regents Policy Paper and Proposed Action Plan for Bilingual Education 1989
32 3 Concern in the Lora Decree of the Effects of Bias on Teacher Student Interaction undated
32 4 Constitutional Protection for Language Rights and Linguistic Minorities undated
32 5 CUNY and the Puerto Rican / Latino Community: Issues for the 1990’s 1990
32 6 Developing Literacy Through the Integration of Literature in the Curriculum undated, 1997
32 7 Directory of Hispanic Arts Organizations 1988
32 8 Disability and Education 1992
32 9 Dominican Republic 1965
32 10 Dominicans undated, 1995-1997
32 11 Drop Out Problem undated, 1986-1994
32 12 Dropout Students undated, 1986-1990
32 13 Dropout Students-Task Force undated, 1987
32 14 Education That Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities undated, 1990
32 15 El Puente undated, 1989-1992
32 16-17 Empire State College undated, 1987-1990
Box Folder Title Date
33 1 Employment Discrimination 1993
33 2 English Immersion 1986
33 3 English Instruction and Culture in Puerto Rico-Insularism Debate 1975
33 4 English Language Amendment 1985-1987
33 5-7 English Only undated, 1985-1995
33 8 English Plus Information Clearinghouse 1988
33 9 Event Programs undated, 1988-1995
33 10 Exhibits undated
33 11 Factors Contributing to High School Graduation Among Hispanics 1989
33 12-13 Factors in the State’s Failure to Provide Quality Schooling for the Minority Poor, circa 1970s ca.1970s
Box Folder Title Date
34 1 Federal Budget Cuts undated, 1993-1996
34 2 Ferrer, Fernando 1989
34 3 Fiscal Equity Work Group 1993
34 4 Flyers undated, 1988-1994
34 5 Full Access and Rights to Education Coalition 1984-1986
34 6 Giuliani, Rudolph-New York City Mayor 1995-1996
34 7 Haitian Poet In North America 1994
34 8 Hispanic Cultural Awareness Training undated
34 9 Hispanic New Yorkers on Nueva York 1996
34 10 Hispanic Staff Representation in the New York City School System 1987
34 11 Hispano-Stats: A Brief Statistical Overview of New York City’s Hispanic Population 1995
34 12 History and Principles of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 1987
34 13 Immigrant Education 1988-1989
34 14 Immigrant Issues 1987-1989
34 15 International Bridges Project- Human Rights Day at the United Nations 1998
34 16 Language Diversity and Multicultural Education Conference undated, 1991-1992
34 17 Language Minority Students 1989-1990
34 18 Latina Round Table on Health and Reproductive Rights undated
34 19 Latino College Expo 1992-1993
34 20 Latino Leadership School Collaborative 1992
34 21 Latino Youth 1984-1990
34 22 Latinos and Education undated, 1983-1988
Box Folder Title Date
35 1 Latinos and Education 1989-1995
35 2 Latinos for a Better New York 1989
35 3 Latinos in the United States undated, 1987-1995
35 4 Law and Bilingual Education: A Manual for the Community 1978
35 5 Linguistic Minorities of New York City 1991
35 6 Local School Board Elections 1996
35 7 Longitudinal Study of the Programs Designed for Students Whose First Language is Not English 1988
35 8 Maximizing the Diversity Advantage: Success Outcomes for All Children 1993
35 9 Melting Pot 1990
35 10 Minority Scholars and Scholarship 1989
35 11 Minority Teachers 1988
35 12 Multicultural Education undated, 1988-1995
35 13 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda undated, 1991-1992
35 14 National Latino Children’s Agenda undated
35 15 National Origin and Alienage Discrimination 1993
35 16 New York Center for Cross Cultural Leadership undated, 1993
35 17 New York State- Hispanics 1984
35 18 New York State Board of Regents undated, 1972-1988
Box Folder Title Date
36 1 New York State Board of Regents 1989
36 2 New York State Education Department Cross-Age Cross-Cultural Mentorship Program 1987
36 3 New York State Education Department-Division of Bilingual Education 1988-1994
36 4 New York State Education Department – Task Force on Minorities 1988-1990
36 5 New York State-Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence undated
36 6 New York State Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force 1994
36 7 New Yorkers for Jesse Jackson 1988
36 8 No Time to Lose: New York State Summit on Black and Hispanic Children 1989
36 9 Our Children At Risk: The Crisis in Public Education 1985
36 10 Outlook: the Growing Latino Presence in the Tri-State Region 1988
36 11 Pantoja, Antonia undated, 1979-1991
Box Folder Title Date
37 1 Parental Influence on Latino Students’ School Performance undated
37 2 Plan to Promote Racial and Ethnic Harmony undated, 1989
37 3 Policy Statement 1986
37 4 Profile of Puerto Rican Poverty in New York City 1988
37 5 Project Giant Step 1988
37 6 Puerto Rican Dialogue 1986
37 7 Puerto Rican Heritage Month undated, 1992
37 8 Puerto Ricans and CUNY: Twenty Years After Open Admissions undated
37 9 Puerto Ricans and Education undated, 1992
37 10 Puerto Ricans and Politics 1989
37 11 Puerto Ricans and Welfare 1990-1995
37 12 Puerto Ricans in Chicago 1990
37 13 Puerto Ricans in New York 1982-1993
37 14 Puerto Ricans in the United States undated, 1982-1990
37 15 Puerto Rico undated, 1990
37 16 Puerto Rico-Language Politics 1990
37 17 Racial Classification Among Puerto Rican Men and Women in New York 1990
37 18 Race Relations 1990-1992
37 19 Racism undated, 1987-1990
37 20 Raising Hispanic Academic Achievement 1992
37 21 Regional Laboratory For Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands undated
37 22 School Reform 1989
37 23 School Segregation undated, 1986-1992
37 24 Serrano, José E. undated, 1988-1989
37 25 Sesame Street 1989-1992
37 26 Sixth Annual Peace Conference 1998
37 27 Spanish Harlem 1978
Box Folder Title Date
38 1 Stand and Deliver, ca. 1982 ca.1982
38 2 State Education Department-Advisory Group Meetings undated, 1989
38 3 State Education Department-Commissioners Task Force on the Education of Children and Youth At-Risk 1988-1989
38 4 State Education Department Task Force on Minorities undated
38 5 Statewide Youth Advocacy, Inc. 1988
38 6 Stevenson Improvement Club Student Survey 1988
38 7 Suárez-Colomba, Edna 1988
38 8 Task Force on New Immigrants and American Education 1988
38 9 Task Force on School Integration 1988
38 10 Task Force on the Education of Children and Youth At Risk 1988
38 11 Task Force on the New York State Dropout Problem 1987
38 12 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 1976
38 13 Technology and Language-Minority Students 1994-1996
38 14-16 Test Skills-A Kit for Teachers of Hispanic Students, Part I-III 1989
38 17 The New York Times and Bilingual Education: A Response to a Times September 21,1995 Editorial 1995
38 18 University of Puerto Rico’s Partnership Project with Schools: A Case Study for the Analysis of School Improvement 1989
38 19 Urban Principals: A Critical Perspective on the Context of Minority Student Outcomes 1990
38 20 Velázquez, Nydia M.-Puerto Rican Congresswoman 1993
38 21 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans undated, 1995

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Series IX: Notepads (1981-1990)

Scope and Content:

The notepads contain detailed notes of meetings and activities attended as well as visits made from 1981-1990, primarily documenting Reyes’ work at ASPIRA.

Box Folder Title Date
39 1 AERA 1988-1989
39 2 ASPIRA 1984-1986
39 3 Board of Education 1984
39 4 Dropout Prevention 1986
39 5-6 General 1981-Mar-85
Box Folder Title Date
40-42 General, May 1985-1990
Box Folder Title Date
43 1 National Association for Bilingual Education 1986-1988
43 2 SABE 1990
43 3-4 Site Visits 1981-1982

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Series X: Newsletters and Journals (1976-1994)

Scope and Content:

Includes newsletters and journals about bilingual education, language rights and the Latino community.

Box Folder Title Date
44 1 Across the Board – Giant Steps undated
44 2 Harvard Education Letter– Hispanics, New York State undated
44 3 IDRA–National Coalition for Language Freedom undated
44 4 National Council of La Raza–SABE undated
44 5 School Executive Bulletin–Washington Information Resource Center undated

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Series XI: Photographs (1991)

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs documenting a tribute to Antonia Pantoja in 1991 and other events in which Reyes took part as a member of the Board of Education of the City of New York.

Box Folder Title Date
44 6 General undated, 1991

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